1743 Homann Heirs Map of Black Sea Region (Turkey, Asia Minor, Greece, Crimea)


1743 Homann Heirs Map of Black Sea Region (Turkey, Asia Minor, Greece, Crimea)


Highly decorative mid-18th century map of Turkey.


Carte de l'Asie Mineure ou de la Natolie et du Pont Euxin, tiree des Voyages et des Observations des Anciens et Modernes. Asiae Minoris Veteris et Novae, itemque Ponti Euxini et Paludis Maeotidis Mappa val Tabula.
  1743 (dated)     20 x 23.5 in (50.8 x 59.69 cm)     1 : 3300000


This is an attractive 1743 map of Asia Minor by the Homann Heirs. The map depicts Turkey and the regions surrounding the Black Sea including parts of modern day Crimea, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Greece. Centered on the Black Sea, extends south to Cyprus and Crete and north to include the Sea of Azov. Notes the ancient Kingdoms of Asia Minor, many of which were Greek colonies or heavily influenced by Greek culture. These include Mysia, Lycia, Pisidia, Cilicia, Phrygia, Pontus, Lydia, Caria, Thynia, Phrygia Minor, Cappadocia, Armenia Minor, etc.

This region saw the development of currency, the conquest of Troy as well as the construction of three of the Ancient World’s Seven Wonders. Highly detailed, it notes important cities rivers, mountains and a host of other topographical features. A large decorative cartouche in the upper left quadrant includes a description with illustrations of a temple, two warriors and other medieval and classical accents.

This map was drawn by Johann Matthias Haas and issued by Homann Heirs in 1743.


Johann Baptist Homann (March 20, 1664 - July 1, 1724) was the most prominent and prolific map publisher of the 18th century. Homann was born in Oberkammlach, a small town near Kammlach, Bavaria, Germany. As a young man Homann studied in a Jesuit school and nursed ambitions of becoming a Dominican priest before converting to Protestantism in 1687. Following his conversion, Homann moved to Nuremberg and found employment as a notary. Around 1693 Homan briefly relocated to Vienna, where he lived and studied printing and copper plate engraving until 1695. Afterwards he returned to Nuremberg where, in 1702, he founded the commercial publishing firm that would bear his name. In the next five years Homann produced hundreds of maps and developed a distinctive style characterized by heavy detailed engraving, elaborate allegorical cartouche work, and vivid hand color. The Homann firm, due to the lower cost of printing in Germany, was able to undercut the dominant French and Dutch publishing houses while matching the diversity and quality of their output. By 1715 Homann's rising star caught the attention of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles the VI, who appointed him Imperial Cartographer. In the same year he was also appointed a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Berlin. Homann's prestigious title came with a number of important advantages including access to the most up to date cartographic information as well as the "Privilege". The Privilege was a type of early copyright offered to a few individuals by the Holy Roman Emperor. Though not as sophisticated as modern copyright legislation, the Privilege did offer a kind of limited protection for several years. Most all J. B. Homann maps printed between 1715 and 1730 bear the inscription "Cum Priviligio" or some variation. Following Homann's death in 1724, the management of the firm passed to his son Johann Christoph Homann (1703 - 1730). J. C. Homann, perhaps realizing that he would not long survive his father, stipulated in his will that the company would be inherited by his two head managers, Johann Georg Ebersberger and Johann Michael Franz, and that it would publish only under the name Homann Heirs. This designation, in various forms (Homannsche Heirs, Heritiers de Homann, Lat Homannianos Herod, Homannschen Erben, etc..) appears on maps from about 1731 onwards. The firm continued to publish maps in ever diminishing quantities until the death of its last owner, Christoph Franz Fembo in 1848.

Johann Matthias (Matyhias) Haas (Hasio, Haase) (Latinized as Johannes Hasius) (January 14, 1684 - September 24, 1742) was a German mathematician, astronomer, and cartographer. Haas was born in Augsburg but is known to have held academic positions in Nuremburg, Leipzig and Wittenberg, where he was a professor of mathematics. He produced several maps for the Homann Heirs firm in addition to several publications of his own. Today is memorialized by a crater on the Moon - Hase Crater.


Very good. Minor wear along original centerfold. Minor creasing. Original platemark visible. Minor foxing. Manuscript notes in pencil along left margin, can be easily erased.


OCLC: 842521113.